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10 Things You Didn't Know About Johannesburg

Richa Singh
Johannesburg is South Africa's largest city and Gauteng province's capital city. The city is rich in minerals and well known for its gold and diamond trade. In terms of tourism, it's acknowledged for its landscapes, architecture and history.
The city is colloquially called as "Joburg" or more preferred "Jozi." Because of its gold inheritance, it is also known as "The City of Gold."
Jozi is the biggest city of South Africa and among the 50 largest urban areas in the world.
Gautrain—city's commuter rail system—is the most convenient and pocket-friendly means of conveyance here. It covers 80 kms and connects Johannesburg, its airport, Pretoria and Ekurhuleni.
Jozi is not only a rapid developing industrial area but also considered to be among the world's largest man-made forests.
Revolutionary leaders Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the city's first black-run attorney firm "Mandela and Nelson" in 1952. Chancellor House, the office where they practiced, has been converted into a museum.
Only 50 kms outside the city is a UNESCO world heritage site that is called "cradle of Humankind." The site is located in Maropeng and is known so because of the ancient human fossils that were uncovered here.
Jozi is the most populous city of South Africa and boasts a multi-ethnic population of warm and friendly people.
Most of the people in Johannesburg are multi-lingual. There are many African languages spoken in the city. Zulu is the most-spoken African language here.
40% share of world's gold is found in the Greater Johannesburg region.

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City's well known Gold Reef Theme Park is home to Africa's fastest and tallest roller coaster. The roller coaster has a vertical drop of 47 m.